Check out our interviews with Michael Kazin on populism, Mark Levine on net neutrality, and Amy Sullivan on progressive evangelicals. Plus, listen as our own Angie Coiro co-hosts the Peter B. Collins Show on day one and day two of the conference. Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, progressive
We begin this week with an update on events in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East. University of San Francisco politics professor and peace and justice studies chair Stephen Zunes brings us up to date on the latest turmoil, including the assassination of a Christian cabinet minister in Lebanon. Plus, Mother Jones' current issue has a special focus on corporate social responsibility. While some companies are simply "greenwashing" their images by making minor changes to their... Topics: Lebanon, Middle East, greenwashing, corporate social responsibility, Interface, conservatives,...
Increasing number of American soldiers are speaking out against the Iraq war. Peter Laufer talks about his new book, "Mission Rejected," which tells the stories of some of those soldiers. Also, artifical reproductive technologies have created a glut of unused frozen embryos -- 500,000 and rising. What should parents and the medical establishment do with them? Mother Jones correspondent Liza Mundy investigates. Plus, how do Americans use and abuse power over each other in everyday... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, embryo
It's the security, stupid! U.S. port security is so ineffective, ports could be run by Dubai or Donald Duck - cargo still wouldn't be screened properly. Matthew Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," tells us the truth about the Dubai ports deal. Is it really a risk? What are the facts about port security in America, and how can we fix the gaps? Also, economist James Galbraith tells us that "quitting Iraq won't undo the real... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, environment, iraq, privacy
David Brock of press watchdog Media Matters turns a critical eye on the New York Times. Since the Times broke the story of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretaps, almost no one's been happy. Conservatives like Ann Coulter call the paper the "Treason Times;" progressives question why the story wasn't released sooner. Who's right? And what's the inside story behind the paper's decision to hold the scoop? Also, Republican congressman Walter B. Jones has radically changed... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, wiretap, Bush, Iraq
What's the real story on Iran's nuclear ambitions? Former United Nations weapons inspector David Albright takes the threat very seriously. "How many countries are going to fall on their sword to get a nuclear power plant?" he asks. However, Albright also says there's still time for a solution based on diplomacy rather than military intervention. Plus, your occasional sleepless nights have become a jackpot for drug companies. The past year has seen a boom in marketing for sleeping pill... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, UN, capitalism, david albright, drug companies, military, nuclear...
Helen Thomas, the "first lady of the press" who has covered the White House for 62 years, checks in with Angie about the state of the press after Hurricane Katrina. Will the press corps, newly re-energized after criticizing Bush's bungled response, stay on the ball? Or will the media lose their teeth as the memory of the hurricane fades away? We also chat with four student activists to watch out for. Culled from Mother Jones' 2005 roundup of campus activism, these up-and-coming... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, Helen Thomas, hurricane, katrina, new orleans
Are police and lawmakers doing enough to stop domestic violence? We'll hear from Patricia Prickett, a domestic violence prevention advocate who has accompanied police on over a thousand domestic violence calls. We'll also hear from journalist Sara Catania, who writes about domestic violence in the July/August issue of Mother Jones. Plus, investigative journalist Peter Byrne exposes the military's new tactics for spying on American civilians. He reveals that under Bush, the Pentagon can... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, domestic violence, military, pentagon, privacy, surveillance
This week, we take a critical look at BS in politics and in our daily lives. Angie talks first to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about the BS surrounding the Karl Rove investigation. He tells us he's learned that "if you say two plus two equals four, and that happens to be inconvenient for the Bush administration, then instantly you are a villain, a partisan hack and probably corrupt, and have questionable sexual practices." Next, Angie talks to Laura Penny, the author of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, karl rove, Paul Krugman, New York Times, Mark Fiore
If you like your news served up like fast-food Nuggets, Morey's Minute is sure to satisfy. Host Morey Meniscus (Yes, you've seen his byline in WeekTime magazine) is keenly aware that his next big scoop might be just around the corner, whether he knows it or not. With an established insider status that could only come from years of work as a cog in the Washington press machine, Morey has truly earned his reputation as a Mainstream reporter with a capital M! Yessir, when Morey approaches the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, Morey, Meniscus
This week on Mother Jones Radio, we're cutting through the blather on the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Mother Jones writer Lou Dubose explains the scandal behind the headlines. What's the evidence? Is DeLay's defense credible? And is Austin D.A. Ronnie Earle really the "partisan Democrat" that Republican talking points make him out to be? Plus, we talk with Dr. Price Cobbs, author of "My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement." Cobbs was the co-author of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, tom delay, scandal, Republican, racism, White House
Bill Wiseman wrote the first bill in America to legalize execution by lethal injection 30 years ago - and he regrets it. He was trying to make capital punishment kinder, but today he believes he made it easier. Now an Episcopal priest, Wiseman tells Angie why he opposes the death penalty and what he's doing about it. Journalist Vince Beiser, who profiled Wiseman for Mother Jones tells us about the priest's work. Plus, Mother Jones contributor Barry Yeoman tells us about Republican lobbyist Jack... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, death penalty, political satire, tom delay, Jack Abramoff,...
On Christmas day, Mother Jones Radio brings you a touch of sanity in the midst of your holiday craziness. Join us for a sermon from Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping; a righteous gift list from political satirist Will Durst; and a Mother Jones glimpse of American spending and giving with editor Clara Jeffery. Also, we'll hear from the nation's first lobbyist for athiests, Lori Lipman Brown, and from the president of the Center for the New American Dream, Betsy Taylor. Plus, we hear... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, american dream, christmas, political satire
This week, we debut our special coverage on the future of the world's oceans. We talk with Julia Whitty, whose article "Fate of the Ocean" shows how humans are pushing seas to the brink. Whitty weighs in on what humans can do to reverse the massive ecological changes we've put in place. Plus, how did Achmed Chalabi con the New York Times into believing Saddam was training foreign fighters to hijack airplanes? He presented them with a defecting Iraqi "general" -- who turns... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, hijack, iraq
An 18-minute interview with linguist George Lakoff, author of "Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea." This is a longer version of the interview originally broadcast on Mother Jones Radio's July 23, 2006 show.
Is detainee abuse committed by a handful of soldiers, or is it a widespread problem in the military? Some military insiders say it's commonplace, and have gone public with the help of Human Rights Watch. We talk to HRW's senior military analyst, Marc Garlasco, who before 2003 spent seven years at the Pentagon as an intelligence analyst. Garlasco tells the story of three army officers who witnessed prisoner abuse, including the breaking of a detainee's legs with a baseball bat. The officers... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, detainees, military, pentagon, rights, scotus, torture, John...
"End of Oil" author Paul Roberts talks about rising oil and gas prices, and what they mean for consumers and politicians. Are cheap oil prices ever coming back? "No," he says bluntly. "We'll see prices spike and probably drop occasionally, but the average price of oil is very likely going to remain much higher than it's been for the past two decades." Plus, we speak with Craig Williams, one of the winners of the 2006 Goldman environmental awards. Williams'... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Oil, peak oil, environmental, chemical weapons, immigrants
This week, the fight over global warming went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Bush administration says greenhouse gases don't pollute. Twelve states and multiple environmental groups say they do – and that they must be regulated. We check in with Natural Resources Defense Council's lead counsel for the case, David Doniger. Plus, Sridhar Pappu tells us about his new Mother Jones article, "Lou Dobbs Turns on the CEOs." Sara Shipley Hiles and Marina Walker Guevara expose how one... Topics: global warming, greenhouse gases, outsourcing pollution, Lou Dobbs, Bush administration, exonerated
This weekend on Mother Jones Radio, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on what it means now to be a Democrat – and how that's different from just months ago. Also, why do some people so rabidly hate Hillary Clinton? Mother Jones and "This American Life" contributor Jack Hitt explains. And we talk to Josh Rushing – once a Marine in Iraq, now a correspondent for Al Jazeera's new English-language channel. Plus, we speak with the president of the Women's Funding Network about the power... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Montana, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Marines, Al Jazeera, Women's Organizations
John Perkins describes himself as an economic hit man. For years, his job was to convince developing nations to take large loans for development projects, and then guarantee the projects would go to U.S. corporations like Halliburton. He exposes the "highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars" via "fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder." Plus, after 35 years as Nebraska's only black... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, halliburton, rigged elections, John Perkins, economic hit man
This long Fourth of July weekend, we give thanks to the labor movement for bringing us weekends and holidays. But have today's unions lost all their power? Angie Coiro talks to journalist JoAnn Wypijewski, who writes about the labor movement's current crisis in the July/August issue of Mother Jones. Former UAW executive board member Jerry Tucker tells us why a much-ballyhooed shakeup at the AFL-CIO might just be "rearranging deck chairs on a ship that may or may not be sinking."... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, labor movement, unions, AFL-CIO, UAW, Longshoremen, workaholic
This week, we look at dissent within the Republican party and the military. First up, Republican leadership is divided over torture and the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch's Joanne Mariner helps us sort out which congressional Republicans have stood up against the Bush administration's torture policies -- and why. "I think it's very relevant that the three Republicans who are fighting the Bush administration's approach are the three Republicans with probably the closest ties to the... Topics: Republican, Geneva Conventions, Human Rights, Bush, Iraq, Democrats, congress
Who wants to invade Iran? Joe Cirincione of the Center for American Progress says the neoconservatives want to, but he doesn't think they'll succeed: "I don't believe that the neocons for all their big bluster, for all their big lie techniques, are going to be able to do to us what they did in 2001 and 2003." Plus, Suellen Miller says a simple, $150 device can save the lives of thousands of women around the world who are at risk from dying during childbirth. Miller explains the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics, Iran, women, global warming, progressive
Iraq correspondent David Enders first went to Iraq as a 23-year-old reporter who worked, un-embedded and unprotected, outside the relatively safe "Green Zone." But now he's back from a trip to Jordan, saying he decided against returning to Iraq because it has become too dangerous -- even for him. He tells us why. Plus, we'll talk about something you won't hear much about in the mainstream media: the progressive Islamic movement, including one woman's case that Mohammad was a feminist.... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, iraq, islam, palestine, rights
What are the benefits and challenges of eating a local, sustainable diet? We speak with Michael Pollan, author of "Omnivore's Dilemma," who argues that we should think globally and eat locally. And Joel Salatin, the organic farmer Pollan wrote about in his recent Mother Jones article, checks in from his farm in Virginia. Plus, Jane Goodall tells us why she's still optimistic about the future of the environment, even in the face of today's environmental troubles. She's inspired by... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, sustainable, Michael Pollan, Jane Goodall, environment, Iraq, military...
President Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but five Army Rangers are the latest to be charged with beating detainees. Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but it sounds like he wants to keep the option open for the CIA. Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but Republican and Democrat Senators alike are signing on to reform interrogation guidelines. This week, Mother Jones spends the whole hour finding the truth about torture and detainees. We speak with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman, attorney... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, detainees, genocide, military, torture, Army, detainees, CIA,...
The Iraqi scientists from Saddam Hussein's nuclear and biological weapons programs posed a huge risk to international safety after Saddam's fall. So why did the Bush administration refuse to track down the scientists after the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Mother Jones reports that all but three of Saddam's top 200-some nuclear scientists are missing. Mother Jones Radio interviews Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, the "mastermind of Saddam Hussein's former nuclear centrifuge program," and the only Iraqi... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, biological weapons, bush, david albright, iraq, saddam hussein
We talk to Swanee Hunt, Bill Clinton's ambassador to Austria, about her new memoir, "Half-Life of a Zealot," and her work empowering women around the world to fight for peace. Also, Mother Jones writer and filmmaker Brian Palmer talks about how U.S. Marines are trained to deal with the situation on the ground in Iraq. Plus, UC-Berkeley's Zachary Shore explains why Europe is the breeding ground for radical Islam. He joins us to talk about his book, "Breeding Bin Ladens: America,... Topics: Radical Islam, U.S. Marines, Iraq, empowering women, San Francisco values
How do blogs affect politics, and how will that change in years to come? We probe the power of blogs as a progressive force -- how can they cause real political change? We hear from media analyst Jay Rosen, author of the blog PressThink. And we talk to Connecticut Democrat Ned Lamont, who's taking on Joe Lieberman in the Senate primary. Lamont's campaign has gained steam with help from blogs -- including his own. Plus, blogger Glenn Greenwald talks about his new book, "How Would a Patriot... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
The White House finally admitted this week that prisoners at Guantanamo have civil rights. We talk to Joseph Margulies, the lead attorney in one case that broke Bush's unconstitutional stance. Margulies is also the author of "Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power." Also, former U.S. senator Gary Hart joins the fight against the radical religious right with his book "God And Caesar in America." He tells us that not only is the church a danger to the state -- the... favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Guantanamo, Indian
Does the federal government want lower-class black residents back in New Orleans? If so, where's their housing? Why are the rebuilding jobs going to Texas laborers working for Texas corporations? Why cut Medicare and Medicaid now, with evacuees already living on the edge? We hear from Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, and Bishop Sam Butler, who along with his wife and congregation renovated their former church building into a shelter for New Orleans families. Also,... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, drug war, evacuees, federal government, marijuana, medicaid,...
What does it take to recover from Katrina? Leadership, fortitude, and maybe the skills you pick up playing Grand Theft Auto. "We simply took over warehouses, broke into them, hot-wired people's forklifts and started unloading trucks left and right," says Connie Moran, the mayor of tiny Ocean Spring, Mississippi. Plus, we talk with Malik Rahim, founder of a community health clinic that sprung up in the wake of the hurricane, serving poor residents for free. Writer Tim Shorrock tells us... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, grand theft auto, hurricane, katrina, new orleans
The Republican spin machine conveniently ignores that many critics of the war are veterans themselves. Right-wing spinsters have badmouthed former servicemembers like John Kerry, John Murtha, and Max Cleland. So why does Iraq veteran and Democratic Senate hopeful Paul Hackett seem immune to their bashing? Hackett joins us in our San Francisco studio to tell us how he sees it. Also this week, we talk with journalist Mark Levine about the Paris riots. Law professor Vikram Amar weighs in on the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, iraq, john kerry, privacy, riots, Paul Hackett, John Murtha,...
How will former CIA head Robert Gates' turn as defense secretary affect Iraq and the military? We hear from CIA veteran and military expert Mel Goodman. Also, we check in with the NAACP's Anurima Bhargava about the affirmative action cases the Supreme Court is now weighing. Plus, the new documentary "King Leopold’s Ghost" is a vivid look the Congo's colonial past, and how the country's history contributes to its current problems. We speak with actor James Cromwell, who lends his... Topics: Robert Gates, CIA, defense secretary, Iraq, military, affirmative action, Supreme Court, Congo,...
Julia Whitty's newest article for Mother Jones magazine looks at potential global warming "tipping points" -- factors that could push us over the edge towards rapid climate change. What are those tipping points? How likely are they to happen? And will the coming turnover in the House and Senate have any impact on our ability to prevent them? Plus, we explore whether the Congressional turnover means a change from the culture of corruption. Will the Dems prove just as corrupt as Tom... Topics: Julia Whitty, global warming, Congress, corruption, Jacl Abramoff, Tom DeLay
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, are we really making progress against terrorism? We speak with Matt Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," about the Bush administration's mixed record on fighting terrorism. Plus, if George Bush won't enact emission caps to fight global warming, Arnold Schwarzenegger will. The Union of Concerned Scientists' Jason Mark looks into how the state of California is stepping up to fight global warming --... Topics: terrorism, Bush, Schwarzenegger, global warming, military contractors, Chicago
Who's watching you, and why? Fifteen thousand cameras watch the public in Manhattan alone. Parents track their kids' every move with GPS cell phones. These systems can combat crime, but they also combat your right to privacy. Editor Clara Jeffery and Lee Tein of the Electronic Frontier Foundation explain. Plus, we go on the road with "Adventure Divas" author Holly Morris. Finally, we wrap up with the first broadcast version of the Diddly Awards, Jack Hitt's salute to Congressional... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, democratic party, privacy, surveillance, congress, Santorum
Chris Mooney talks about his new book, "The Republican War on Science." Why does everything from the food pyramid to global warming go through the political spin cycle before it gets to you? Mooney tells us which politicians are trying to obscure real science in favor of lies and half-truths -- and it's not always who you think. He gives us tips for cutting through the spin. Plus, Diane Wilson, author of "An Unreasonable Woman." She tells us how being... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, civil disobediance, global warming, spin, activist,social justice,...